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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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Milk. The baby formula milk debate: cow milk, goat milk or soy milk?

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When it comes to the best milk formula for babies, it seems everyone has a different opinion. With options like soy milk and goat’s milk readily available, working out which one’s the best for your child can feel like a challenge. As a parent, you’ll want the best possible option for your baby, and getting informed about the different aspects involved when making a choice is the first step.

At Bellamy’s Organic we’ve done the research for you to give you an overview of the different types of milk suggested for children.

Cow’s milk

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends feeding babies only breast milk until they’re six months old. Thereafter they should be given complimentary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of 2 years or beyond.

When infants are not breastfed, infant formula is the only suitable and safe alternative. This includes dairy-based organic infant formulas, such as the Bellamy’s Organic Infant Formula range.

Why dairy-based formulas?

Cow’s milk-based formula is suitable for most healthy full-term infants and is recommended over formulas made from soybeans, or modified lactose formula. Dairy-based infant formulas are designed to mimic mother’s milk closely and can be used from birth. Since cow’s milk formulas are supplemented with all the necessary nutritional components for infant growth and development, especially iron, they are safe for your baby.

Avoid cow’s milk until 12 months

However, fresh cow’s milk should not be offered to your baby until they are 12 months or older. Fresh cow’s milk should only be given to children after this stage as cow’s milk is not as easily digested and contains low iron levels. Furthermore, unmodified cow’s milk is high in protein and electrolytes which can not be filtered by young kidney’s.

Once your baby hits the one-year mark and if you chose to wean them, you could start giving them some cow’s milk as they will be meeting their iron requirements through complimentary foods and they’re kidney’s will be more developed.

Goat’s milk

Compared to cow’s milk formulas, there have been fewer studies completed to assess the safety and efficacy of goat’s milk formulas. Many infants who may be allergic to cow’s milk are also allergic to goat’s milk. The use of goat’s milk formula is noted as generally being at higher end of the acceptable protein range as it contains higher levels of protein than cow’s milk, however in Australia, as noted by the Infant feeding guidelines developed by the national health and Medical Research Council, a range of cow’s milk and goat’s milk formulas that meet the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code for infant formula are available. There is little evidence that, if breastfeeding is discontinued for any reason, one formula is better than another for healthy full-term infants.

Soy milk

If your baby is allergic or intolerant to dairy, you might be looking for alternatives to cow’s milk or dairy-based infant formulas. Many infants who are allergic to cow’s milk are also allergic to soy drinks. Soy is sometimes suggested as a suitable dairy alternative and is sometimes raised as an option for avoiding allergies such as eczema, hayfever, or asthma in children. However, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians notes soy-based infant formulas have not been demonstrated to be effective at preventing these and could even worsen the condition if used for extended periods. Soy formula should only be used if recommended by your GP.

The great consensus

It’s best to feed babies mother’s milk however, infant formulas are a safe and nutritious alternative if mother’s milk isn’t available. As always, ask for your doctor’s advice on a suitable product specifically for the needs of your child.

Choosing an organic infant formula will minimise exposure to artificial pesticides, antibiotics or fertilisers. Get your doctor’s advice on a suitable product if you have any doubts.

Bellamy’s Organic is dedicated to providing wholesome, nutritious, organic foods for babies, toddlers, and children. Our Australian-made baby formulas are certified organic, giving your child a pure start to life. To find out more about our products, please feel free to explore our website or contact us directly for more information.

Important Notice

Thanks for reading our blog. We hope you found this information interesting.

The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.

Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Baby formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.

A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding will reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.

If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.